Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter: A Visit to the San Gabriel Mission

San Gabriel Mission

It's a rite of passage for California 4th graders: The California Mission project. Now that the Blogger Kid is in 4th grade, we're in the middle of it as we speak. As the Kid is busy working on his project (Assignment: San Luis Obispo's mission), we recently visited the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel to tour the grounds and attend Palm Sunday mass. According to Wikipedia:
The settlement was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary," September 8, 1771, as the fourth of what would become 21 Spanish missions in California. San Gabriel Arcángel, named after the Archangel Gabriel and often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles", was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado, who hailed from Córdoba, Spain. Cruzado gave the building its strong Moorish architectural influence. The capped buttresses and the tall, narrow windows are unique among the missions of the California chain.

San Gabriel Mission

Here are more images from our visit to the San Gabriel Mission:

San Gabriel Mission
Mission church

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Inside the Mission, after Sunday mass

San Gabriel Mission
More from inside the Mission

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Closer up to the altar

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The foundation of the San Gabriel Mission was first layed in 1791 and dedicated in 1805.

San Gabriel Mission
Father Junipero Serra

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Original aqueduct, how water got to the mission

San Gabriel Mission
Cemetery, used for burials between 1778 and 1865.

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Anchor

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Original tannery vats

San Gabriel Mission
Re-creation of Tongva housing

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cannon

San Gabriel Mission

San Gabriel Mission

San Gabriel Mission

1 comment:

tricerapops said...

I may have to take our kids out there - we went to the Old Mission in Santa Barbara - and outside of its sheer size, I wasn't terribly impressed. Your pictures show a lot more at MSG.

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